Oh how we cherish they whose words are sure.
I wonder about that sentence. I wonder how many of us do cherish those whose words are sure. I think about the people we honor today, the honesty of people we elect, and I shudder.
I was a boy when I first studied the Constitution. As I observed the checks and balances the document contains, I experienced a measure of anxiety. Why? If the president, for example, wants to do something that the Constitution does not give him the power to do, unless House of Representatives is prepared to impeach him and the Senate is prepared to try him and convict him (with the Chief Justice presiding), the president can attempt to do whatever he wishes. How could a system like that work? But it seemed to be working. So with childish confidence, I ceased to worry.
Decades later I begin to understand another important check on presidential powers — on the powers of all our government officials. The Constitution requires an oath on three occasions: during trials of impeachment (Article 1, Section 3), before the President enters on the execution of his office (Article 2, Section 1), and before all the public officials of this nation enter on the execution their office.
Why are these oaths significant? When the Constitution was written, Americans still took pride in their word being taken as their bond. To defend their honor, which they regarded as sacred, they understood they must support the Constitution with a full regard to the original intent of the men who wrote it. They could not pretend the Constitution is a living document. They could not act as though the Constitution says whatever they wished it to say. If they had given their word to support Constitution, then they were bound by their honor to support it.
But that was life times ago. The people who first fought for our nation’s freedom, the men who wrote the Constitution, the people who affirmed the Constitution as the Law Of The Land, the people who first made the Constitution work — they are dead and buried now. They made their choice to support the the Constitution as the Law Of The Land. Their choice they have bequeathed to us.
But how did they do it? Why can’t we do it? Why are we failing? Why did their leaders strive to keep their oaths whereas too many of our leaders do not seem to care? Why did George Washington add these words to his oath: “So help me God” (What ‘So Help Me God’ Meant to George Washington and Did George Washington Actually Say “So Help Me God” During His Inauguration?)?
Consider. Do enough of us do cherish Him whose words are sure? Did people use to read the Bible and cherished it? How many read the Bible now? Is the Bible still a best seller just because books have become inexpensive and enough people want to be seen carrying a Bible or to display one in their homes? If so, then why should we be surprised that too many of our leaders do not keep their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution?
Read ‘s post, Two cents can bring a change. Think about how the Bible changed history. Let your curiosity be aroused. Then, especially if you have not done so, read the Bible. Check the Bible’s veracity, and let it change your heart.